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A large Victorian scrap album, 286 X 230 mms.
1851. 20 leaves of ms. Verse, 12 leaves with engraved illustrations, some coloured, including portraits of John Francis Kemble and Charles Lamb, and 64 blank leaves, with an inscription of the second leaf, "Mrs. Lane/ with the best wishes of/ James M. Daly/ Knaresborough 29 July 1851." The following leaf has the autograph "Lydia Amelia Lane" on the top margin of the recto, and a gilt oval design with centre surrounding her initials, "L. A. L." Daly is also the author of one of the first poems in the volume, addressed to "L. A. L." One of the tipped-in colour engravings is an illustration from Harriet Wilson's Memoirs, which might have been thought a little indelicate for a lady of Mrs. Lane's standing; but there may be more to the illustrations and the verse than is immediately apparent. Bound in full hard grain green morocco with a front cover gilt to an arabesque designs of circles and with central rectangular panel, spine ornately gilt with a harp motif, gilt border on rear cover, all edges gilt. A fine copy, even if Mrs. Lane seems not to have finished adding items to the scrapbook. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
Bookseller: John Price Antiquarian Books, ABA, ILAB [LONDON, United Kingdom]
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